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2017 March Luncheon with Lisa Rickard, President of the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform

March 15, 2017
11:30 AM EDT to 2:00 PM EDT
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Greenberg Traurig LLP
1750 Tysons Blvd, #1000
McLean, VA 22102

Women’s Power and Purpose: Paving the Way, Breaking the Barriers

The Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative is pleased to host a networking luncheon with Lisa Rickard, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President, Workforce Freedom Initiative President, and Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In this moderated program, we will discuss her approach to success and how she has paved a path for a generation of women to follow.

Lisa A. Rickard is one of the U.S. Chamber’s top leaders on a wide range of issues, with a strong focus on legal reform. She plays a significant role in maintaining the Chamber’s long-term position as the world’s most influential advocate for business.

Rickard has served as president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) since 2003. Under her leadership, ILR has developed from a strong national legal reform organization into a comprehensive, multifaceted global legal reform campaign with cutting-edge legislative advocacy, communications, and voter education initiatives.

In addition, Rickard has grown ILR’s annual Legal Reform Summit into a premier showcase of ideas and issues for the movement, and she established an initiative to reform the overzealous federal and state civil and criminal enforcement regimes.

Rickard’s notable accomplishments include leading the effort to enact the landmark Class Action Fairness Act law in 2005; presiding over the creation and expansion of the Madison County Record enterprise—a wholly owned ILR subsidiary chain of nine legal newspapers that count millions of readers annually; and guiding the global expansion of ILR into Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Previously, Rickard led government affairs practices for Fortune 500 companies Dow Chemical and Ryder System, Inc. She was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, and she worked on Capitol Hill for two senators.

Rickard has received multiple honors, including two from The National Law Journal, naming her as one of the nation’s Most Influential Lawyers (one of only four in the Government Affairs practice area) and one of Washington’s Most Influential Women Lawyers. In 2015, Rickard received the Burton Foundation Legend in Law award. She serves on the board of directors of the Carlton Club, is a member of the Business Government Relations Council and International Women’s Forum, and is an honorary board member of the Burton Awards.

Rickard graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and received her law degree from American University in Washington, D.C., where she was executive editor of the Law Review. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Early Bird registration ends March 7th at 7:00pm.




$110.00 Member Ticket
$85.00 Earlybird rate before March 7

$165.00 Non-Member
$135.00 Earlybird rate before March 7